Over the summer months I’ve spoken to several clients who have gone on road trips or taken the family for a day out, and some have struggled to stay on track with their diets. Lack of preparation has led to eating at service stations (there are some quick and healthy options these days) or fast food chains.
If you are planning on taking a road trip and are worried about breaking your diet, then the key is to make sure you plan ahead. Don’t wait until you need a toilet stop and are hungry and then succumb to the smell of fresh baked foods.
Here are 5 things you can take with you on a trip.
1 – Nuts
Almonds, walnuts or cashew nuts are my favourites, there easy to snack on and contain essential healthy fats, fibre and protein. Just make sure you don’t go too overboard as they are quite calorific. Take a handful and put them in a small container or bag, that way you will not over do it. 20 almonds contain around 170kcals.
2 – Protein shake
Another easy to carry snack, and a good way of ensuring you are hitting your daily protein requirements even if you don’t have time to sit down and eat. Make your shake with water or almond milk to add an extra 25g of protein to your daily intake.
3 – Biltong or Beef Jerky
Eating protein will keep us feeling fuller for longer, so biltong is a perfect go to snack. It’s light and easy to eat on the go without making too much mess. A 35g bag of Biltong contains 21g of protein and only 103kcals.
4 – Fruit
Fruit is packed with vitamins and fibre, and is also a quick source of energy. I would suggest a punnet of blueberries or raspberries, or an apple or pear as a light but healthy snack option on the go.
5 – Boiled eggs
A pretty complete source of protein, containing vitamin D, low in calories and not to messy to eat either. Eggs are now available at most petrol and service stations with the introduction of Egg and spinach protein pots, so don’t worry if you haven’t prepared this one at home! Maybe pack some chewing gum as well though.
Pack the above food into a cool bag to keep it fresh and to make it easy to carry. There’s no need to ruin your diet when you are on a road trip, just plan ahead and if you haven’t planned, then stay accountable. Make the right choices at the service stations, Biltong, boiled eggs, fruits and nuts are all available so there is no excuse for crisps and chocolates.